Introduction


Presented in reverse chronology, this history stretches from the present back to the Fellowship's 1970 founding, and beyond.
(See "Blog Archive" in the sidebar below.) It draws from many sources, including The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the former Fellowship of Friends wiki project, cult education and awareness sites, news archives, and from the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

The portrait that emerges stands in stark contrast to sanitized versions presented on the Fellowship's array of
alluring websites, and on derivative sites created by Burton's now-estranged
disciple, Asaf Braverman.

Thursday, July 31, 1980

Anglicization of names

[ed.- Around this time, Robert Burton directed Fellowship members whose names were not English to choose an "anglicized" name. As with many refugees arriving in America in the 20th century, Burton viewed this measure as necessary to avoid the persecution of "outsiders" that would inevitably be precipitated by the calamities he predicted (the depression of 1984, the 1998 fall of California into the Pacific, and nuclear holocaust in 2006).

Linda Kaplan was enlisted to assist members in expediting the adoption of new names. The changes naturally caused family conflicts and estrangement between members and their non-member friends and relatives (who were in any case considered expendable "life people.") In Burton's grand scheme, this was all acceptable collateral damage.

Curiously, as Fellowship recruitment in the United States declined and foreign centers began producing the majority of fresh recruits, Burton's concerns about persecution faded.


What follows is but a small sampling of the absurd surname changes.]

Achitoff - ASTOR
Annis - HEARTWELL
Barth - BRIGHTON
Bassat - GRACE
Berkan - ROBERTS
Berrizbeita - WOODBERRY
Beth - MEADOWS
Beyer - HATHAWAY
Biagi - YORK
Borowiak - DALTON
Calpouzos - CAMBRIDGE
Chudnow - LEXINGTON
Dasmann - CHAMBERLAIN
Domingo - WILLIAMS
Dragovich - DRYDEN
Finegold - TAYLOR
Focazio - BROOKS
Friedlander - FAIRCHILDE
Gabreski - MEDLEY
Goeree - CHANCELLOR
Gallardo - PEARL
Goldman - WELLESLEY
Grenados - ROSEWOOD
Heick - WHITMORE
Kloumann - NEWMAN
Levy - ROBERTS
Lonsdorf - SHERBOURNE
Lundquist - COLLINS
Maryanoff - MILTON
Mautz - PALMER
Morales - MOORE
Nikhazy - BRITAIN
Partusch - PARKS
Pera - CLAREMONT
Poulain - WINTERS
Poznanter - ASHLEY
Rissenberg - FAIRCHILD
Salazar - AUGUST
Scheer - SHEPHERD
Schmitt - SCOTT
Schwartzberg - FALLBROOK
Shimono - WOODS
Trezevant - WREN
Venerella - STERLING
Wehrlich - CAMBRIDGE
Weingarten - COLLIN
Winiarski - WINDSOR
Wirk - WEST
Yamasaki - DAY
Yudin - WESTWOOD
Zimmerman - STUART
Zoller - FAIRCHILD

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